Travel Itinerary: Ten Days in Colombia

Greetings everyone! This week I will be flying to South America, to visit the stunning country of Colombia. ❤️

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Google images

Now, aside from “Narcos”, there might not be too much talked about Colombia. 🤣

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Google images

As such, I thought I would start by squashing a few misconceptions about where I am going. For starters, the most common confusion is the name of the country. I am going to Colombia NOT Columbia. I know British Columbia and the District of Columbia can lead one to assume the spelling is the same, but of course, English is never that simple. 🤣

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Google images

Now let’s continue with those misconceptions by talking about the landscape. As an assumption, you may think that most of Colombia looks like this:

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Tayrona National Park in Colombia courtesy of Google images

But would you believe this is Colombia as well? 😮❄️

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Los Nevados National Park in Colombia courtesy of Google images

And this? 😍

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Caño Cristales in Colombia courtesy of Google images

Yes, in fact, Colombia is the SECOND most bio-diverse country on the planet, next to Brazil! 💚🌳

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Guatapé in Colombia courtesy of Google images

Next, let’s talk about the food. Because the country is so bio-diverse, the cuisine varies greatly from region to region. 🤤

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Colombian stew courtesy of Google images

For example, one of their most traditional dishes is bandeja paisa, a workman’s plate of beef, beans, pork, plantains, egg, chorizo sausage, and an arepa, or stuffed corn cake.

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bandeja paisa courtesy of Google images

Next, let’s move on to infrastructure. Being a coastal country, one might imagine more rustic or traditional lodging like this:

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Tayrona National Park in Colombia courtesy of Google images
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Tayrona National Park in Colombia courtesy of Google images

But would you believe that this is Colombia too? 😍

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Las Lajas Sanctuary in Colombia courtesy of Google images
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Medellin, Colombia courtesy of Google images
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Bogotá, Colombia courtesy of Google images

Finally, let’s talk about safety. Of course, like anywhere in the world, one has to make smart decisions. Luckily, Colombians have a motto for how to stay safe. They say, “Don’t give papaya!” Basically, don’t put yourself in a situation where something bad might happen. That being said, on a more positive note, Colombia also ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world and one of the most welcoming to tourists!

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Google images

Now, because the country varies greatly from region to region, I plan to spend THREE FULL DAYS in each of the country’s three major cities: Cartagena, Medellin, and Bogotá. Due to the size of the country, I will fly into Cartagena, take a low-priced internal flight to Medellin, and finally an overnight bus to Bogotá.

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Google images

This will hopefully help me experience the diversity of cuisine and landscape that comes from the various regions. Also, because I’ve become more spontaneous with my travel style, I have yet to figure out my day-to-day itinerary, but I imagine it will involve a nice mix of beaches and mountains, coffee drinking, salsa dancing, and cultural excursions. ☕💃🏻 📷

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Cartagena, Colombia courtesy of Google images

Overall, I’m elated to be exploring this country, squashing any more misconceptions, and sharing all of my experiences with you! Until then! 🇨🇴

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